December 7, 2015 |
Nearly four decades ago, when their two-person traveling party welcomed a third member, Pete Mackanin's wife, Nancy, began keeping a journal. As Mackanin bounced from one baseball job to the next, his family moving from one town to the next, Nancy recorded all of their son's firsts and noted where they were in their lives at every given point. The journal is how Nancy knows the precise number of times she has packed up and moved with her husband: 57, or enough for about 10 lifetimes.
March 31, 2015 |
Alex Rodriguez played first base for the first time in his professional career Sunday, handling three chances in three innings during the New York Yankees' 7-0 win over the Houston Astros. "It was fun," Rodriguez said. "It was quite interesting, after 20 years in the league, to see the game from a totally different lens. " The 39-year-old, who lost his third-base job to Chase Headley during a season-long drug suspension, caught Headley's throw following Jose Altuve's grounder leading off the bottom of the first.
February 21, 2014 |
TAMPA, Fla. - They've had Ruth and Gehrig, Mantle and DiMaggio. Those four represent the Mount Rushmore for the New York Yankees, a franchise with enough great players that it could probably use the side of another mountain, too. Derek Jeter thinks you'd have to be bored or looking for a story to discuss where he belongs in the pecking order. Larry Bowa was neither bored nor looking for a story as he finished his on-field duties as a Phillies coach Wednesday afternoon at the Carpenter Complex.
August 7, 2013 |
Twelve of the 13 players involved in baseball's Biogenesis investigation, including Phillies relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo, accepted 50-game suspensions Monday. However, the biggest name in the sport's latest drug scandal, Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees, remained locked in a legal rundown with Major League Baseball. Rodriguez said he intends to appeal his suspension for the remainder of this season and all of 2014. He can continue to play until that process is complete.
July 23, 2013 |
NEW YORK YANKEES third baseman Alex Rodriguez isn't ready to rejoin the team. The Yankees said Rodriguez has a Grade 1 strain of his left quadriceps muscle and won't be able to return this week in Texas, as had been planned. Instead, he will remain on the disabled list and return to Tampa, Fla., "for rest and treatment," the Yankees said in a statement issued before their game against the Red Sox last night in Boston. Rodriguez and manager Joe Girardi had said they were hoping he would return for tomorrow night's game against the Rangers.
July 3, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The injuries have added up while attendance has gone down for an aging, perennial playoff team that is no sure shot for the postseason this year. Sound familiar? While this could be a description of the Phillies, it also fits their famous neighbors 90 miles north, the New York Yankees. Who would have thought that as the July 31 trade deadline approaches both teams have the potential to be sellers? The fans of both teams aren't buying as many tickets as in the past, although interest remains high.
May 20, 2013
Against the Blue Jays this season, the only thing that has stopped the Yankees was a day full of rain. And that's what happened Sunday in the Bronx. "It's going to rain until probably 9 o'clock," Yankees manager Joe Girardi observed, perhaps wistfully. The Yankees would have been trying to make it seven in a row against the Blue Jays, but rain began to fall in the late morning with no signs of letting up, and the game was postponed before it started. Since last season, New York has won its last nine home games against Toronto, as well as the last six overall vs. its AL East rival.
May 16, 2013 |
RAUL IBANEZ was more than happy to turn those welcome back calls of "Ra-uuul!" into a good old Bronx cheer. Ibanez again treated Yankee Stadium as his personal playground, hitting a grand slam and two-run homer last night to help the Seattle Mariners rout New York, 12-2. "I can't tell that much of a difference even though when you hear it, depending on how you're doing, you know," Ibanez said with a sly smile. Ibanez' slam came during a seven-run first inning. Yankees backup shortstop Alberto Gonzalez got the final out in the ninth inning in his first professional pitching appearance.
April 29, 2013
The Athletics activated slugger Yoenis Cespedes from a 15-day stint on the DL with a strained muscle in his left hand before Sunday's game against the Orioles, and he immediately went to work. Batting cleanup and playing left field, Cespedes went 2 for 5 including a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth that sent the game into extra innings. The A's are hoping he can give their slumping offense a boost. In just a little over a year in the bigs, he has had a remarkable impact on Oakland's lineup.
April 19, 2013 |
Phillies skipper Charlie Manuel is the favorite to be the first manager fired this season, according to online sportsbook Bovada . Although Manuel was beloved during the Phillies run of five straight division titles, topped by the World Series win in 2008, he's now 69, in the last year of his contract, and the team's off to another slow start, falling to 6-9 after getting swept by the Cincinnati Reds. This morning, sports yakker Angelo Cataldi led a call for Manuel's ouster, saying, "We would really love it to happen," promoting a poll and getting lots of agreement from callers.